Union of Concerned Scientists, Back from the Brink: The Call to Prevent Nuclear War
Part time, temporary, contract, remote
The Back from the Brink campaign is seeking an experienced organizer to build support and political power to abolish nuclear weapons and reform US nuclear weapons policy, under the supervision of the Union of Concerned Scientists.
The Union of Concerned Scientists (UCS) is an independent national nonprofit that uses science to protect our health, safety, and environment. We are scientists, engineers, economists, activists, and everyday people who develop and advocate for innovative, practical solutions to some of our planet’s most pressing problems—from combating global warming and developing sustainable ways to feed, power, and transport ourselves, to fighting misinformation, advancing racial equity, and reducing the threat of nuclear war.
Back From the Brink: The Call to Prevent Nuclear War is a national grassroots campaign working for the abolition of nuclear weapons and fundamental reform of US nuclear weapons policy. Founded by leaders from the Union of Concerned Scientists and Physicians for Social Responsibility, the campaign is managed by a volunteer-led Facilitating Group which includes representatives from those groups and others.
Even though the threat of a nuclear war is real, urgent, and growing, and our nuclear weapons policies put our lives and health at risk, the issue doesn’t get much attention from the public or from our decision-makers. Our job is to change that. Our campaign brings communities together to prevent the growing threat that nuclear weapons pose to our health, environment, and our lives and safety. We are providing a way for anyone—any individual, organization, or elected official—to engage their local community on a national campaign building political will for fundamental changes in U.S. nuclear weapons policy. City by city, state by state, we are disrupting deadly complacency in the U.S. about nuclear weapons and replacing it with a call to action.
We need more individuals and groups to endorse our campaign and policy platform—and that’s where you come in. As our Virtual Grassroots Organizer, you’ll work to get endorsements for our campaign and five policy solutions from elected officials, organizations such as environmental NGOs, faith communities, and policy groups, and other stakeholders at the local, state, and national levels. You’ll also support grassroots groups and activists in their own efforts to reform nuclear weapons policies locally and pass resolutions.
- Secure signatures from local and state elected officials on a Back from the Brink sign-on letter to the presidential administration and the US Congress through direct outreach via phone and email (through mid-August)
- Support local organizers throughout the United States in passing municipal resolutions in their communities through email coordination, video call meetings, and other organizing support
- Gather organizational endorsements from the campaign from national, state, and local civil society organizations through direct outreach
- Perform various duties as assigned to support the outreach goals of the campaign, such as attending monthly organizer calls and strategizing on social media outreach tactics
Qualifications & Skills: The ideal candidate will have 3-5 years of issue organizing, movement building, and/or political campaign experience. Creative thinking is a plus, as is a commitment to working on the issue of nuclear weapons.
Details: This is a fully remote part-time (30 hours per week) 1099 contract position, that will last for nine to twelve months. The hourly rate is $35. Candidate must have access to a computer, reliable access to the internet, and a phone.
UCS is an equal opportunity employer continually seeking to diversify its staff and consultants. In particular, we’re dedicated to broadening opportunities for individuals from demographic groups that are historically underrepresented in the sciences and in environmental and nuclear weapons advocacy. We’re also committed to building an inclusive workplace culture where talented people of widely diverse backgrounds can thrive. We’ve adopted this commitment because we believe the inclusion of culturally diverse perspectives will improve our work and produce better societal and environmental outcomes for all, including historically disenfranchised communities. We are actively seeking people who bring diverse backgrounds and perspectives to join us in this work.
To Apply: Send cover letter and resume to MArnoldScerbo@ucsusa.org